Family Day is Here!

There are many campus events taking place this weekend for families to take part in with their Western student. Why, you may ask. Well, it’s time for another Family Day at WIU! This year, WIU is calling it “Family Day” instead of “Family Weekend” because they are putting a lot of effort all into one day. Family Day is tomorrow, September 13th. This day will be jam packed with amusing events for families to partake in, but if your family is coming in today and sticking around through Sunday, there are plenty of other things to do before and after the official “Family Day”. Maybe the best part…there is no registration fee or sign up needed; during the weekend you can take part in whatever events you like.

Tonight, there is the Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood Family Weekend Headline Act. It will be a hilarious improvisation show featuring famous comedians, Brad Sherwood and Colin Mochrie; both men are known for their appearances on the television improvisation show, Whose Line Is It Anyway? I competed in improv competitions during speech contests when I was in middle school, so obviously this show is right up my alley. Whose Line Is It Anyway? was one of my favorite television shows when I was younger, so I am sure now that I’m older and can actually understand all of the jokes, it will make it that much funnier. The show is great for the family because the whole family can get in on the act by suggesting scenes to the comedians during various audience participation portions. They will even call up some members of the audience to take part on stage. This show is in Western Hall at 7:30 this evening.

Saturday is Family Day so there are tons of events to attend. You can start your Saturday at the Harry Mussato Golf Course with a two-person, nine-hole golf scramble. Check in at 8:30 a.m. and start time is at 9:00 a.m. sharp. The price is $18 which includes the golf cart. Pre-registration for this event is required. Call 309-298-3676 for more details. I actually just went golfing on this course a couple weekends go with my mom and brother; we had a great time. It was a perfect day for golf; the course is just beautiful.

The WIU Art Gallery is hosting exhibitions at the University Art Gallery from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. tomorrow. For more information visit http://www.wiu.edu/cofac/artgallery/.

If the semester has got you stressed, then you might want to check out the licensed massage therapist, Tammy Jo Miller, who will be at the Rec Center from 10 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. tomorrow. Her relaxing massages are $1.00/minute. She accepts cash, check, debit, and credit. Call the Campus Recreation Office at 309-298-1228 to schedule an appointment.

For those who want more excitement, come enjoy tailgating, a concert and some Leatherneck football against the Drake Bulldogs. Rick Springfield will be performing in the Q Lot tailgating area tomorrow; his many hits include “Jessie’s Girl” and “I’ve Done Everything For You”; there is no admission to the concert! Also, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., check out the Family Day t-shirt sales at Hanson Field, near the tall flags. To view the T-shirt design go to http://www.wiu.edu/student_services/university_union_board/family_day/tshirt.php.

Sunday activities include brunch in the residence halls, a visit to WIU’s Horn Field Campus and a stop at Macomb’s Ball Fore Family Entertainment Center.

Diane Kornegay, office manager for Student Activities explained to me that Family Day happens only once a year,every year and there is always a really good turnout to the football game, especially since they started Q Lot concerts. “It’s important to bring the families on campus and see their students, just to have a good, relaxing day being on campus.”

For more information on Family Day, check out the University Union Board we site at http://www.wiu.edu/student_services/university_union_board/family_day/events.php.

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